Small knitted woollen mitten:16th century

Small knitted woollen mitten:16th century
3 0 c m
40cm
actual image size: 32cm x 21cm

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Small knitted woollen mitten. The wool is pale brown. There is a line of black wool decoration around the wrist. Knitting appears to have become common only in the 1500s, but then it rapidly increased in popularity. It was a new activity in working people's lives and soon also became a valuable source of income for many. This knitted child's mitten is a rare survival. It is knitted from the top of the finger-pouch in the direction of the wrist and decorated with three rows of black wool in a simple pattern around the wrist. Poorer people could find a bargain at the second hand clothes dealers-'fripperers'- in Houndsditch, but many relied on home-knitted woollen clothes. This garment offers an insight into how children were protected from the cold.

Image Details

Date
 
1501 AD - 1600 AD
Image Number
 
000540

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